PROFESSOR SEAN McHUGH 

Professor Sean McHugh is the head instructor and owner of the First Strike Martial Arts Academy in Kelowna B.C. He has been a Martial Arts enthusiast most of his life. At a young age Sean was inspired by Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris, which prompted him to start to learn Karate, Kung fu and Kick Boxing.

Sean remained a competitive athlete throughout high school as a provincial level wrestler. He later went on to represented the B.C. Olympic Weightlifting Team in the Canadian Winter Games. In 2001 Sean trained the Carlson Gracie Team under Master Marcus Soares and earn this Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black Belt.  With the growth of First Strike’s BJJ team we were invited and now affiliated with 11x time World Champions Alliance International BJJ team and are excited more than ever for the future.

  • Owner and Head Instructor for First Strike Martial Arts Academy est. 2010
  • Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-JItsu under Master Marcus Soares in 2014
  • Over a dozen medals in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Wrestling tournaments
  • Extensive training in Brazilian Jiu-JItsu, Kickboxing, Wrestling and Judo
  • Member of the city of Penticton’s Athletic Commission for M.M.A. – Mixed Martial Arts competition
  • Former competitive Olympic Weightlifter and extensive Power Lifting training
  • CPR and First Aid certified

Professor McHugh has had the pleasure and honour to train with some of the worlds best martial artists

Professor Sean McHugh

Romero Cavalcanti

Romero “Jacare'” Cavalcanti is and 8th degree BJJ Black Belt under the legendary Rolls Gracie. Mr. Cavalcanti is also the co-founder of the Alliance Jiu-Jitsu International team

Fabio Gurgel

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA pioneer and former UFC veteran. Fabio is 6th degree BJJ Black belt and the co-founder of the Alliance Jiu-Jitsu Internal Team

Alexandre ” GiGi” Paiva

Is a former World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion and co-founder of Alliance Jiu-Jitsu International team

GRAND MASTER CARLSON GRACIE

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend, MMA pioneer and produced some of biggest names in Brazilan Jiu-Jitsu and MMA the world has ever seen

DENIS KANG

My team-mate from Vancouver BC, UFC, Pride FC veteran, Spirit MC Champion and Master Soares first Canadian Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt

ANTONIO RODRIGO “MINOTAURO” NOGUERIA

Carlson Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, former UFC and Pride FC Heavyweight Champion

FRANK SHAMROCK

Former UFC Middle Weight Champion, Strike Force Middleweight Champion and King of Pancrase Champion

ANDRE GALVAO 

ADCC and World Jiu-Jitsu Champion and in 2014 submitted Chael Sonnen in Metamoris

BRANDON “WOLVERINE” MULLINS

World Jiu-Jitsu Champion and one of the most decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitors in the United States

IKUHISA “THE PUNK’ MMINOWA” MINOWA

Pride FC, K-1, Dream and Deep veteran, Japanese legendary MMA competitor

VITOR “SHAOLIN” RIBEIRO

Brazilian Jiu-JItsu black belt, World BJJ Champion and Dream and K-1 veteran